Monday 23 January 2017

Kings William of Orange and James II both were scoundrels

Published 12/07/2016 | 00:00

A bonfire in Belfast’s Lower Shankill Road ready for the ‘12th’ celebrations. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A bonfire in Belfast’s Lower Shankill Road ready for the ‘12th’ celebrations. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The 12th of July celebrations commemorate the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690. I wish both sides had lost!

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The Catholic Irish owed King James II no allegiance, and the Protestant Irish should not have been supporting treason against their king, whose daughter was married to King Billy, for goodness sake. Not only that, but the Pope of that time (whom the Protestants hated) was supporting King Billy.

It was a squalid terrorist affair played out on the soil of poor Ireland, which led to centuries of brutal anti-Catholic oppression, ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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